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Soy Sauce Factory

June 29, 2015
Sm-Art Space
An epochal and cultural melting pot, Bangkok can be somewhat difficult to define, and nowhere is this more evident than on Charoen Krung. Once a dusty mainstay of teaky antiques, this bustling street is now the beating heart of the city’s vibrant contemporary art scene, with the Soy Sauce Factory pioneering its creative causeway.

Located in a (would you believe it?) former Chinatown soy sauce factory and one-time opium den, this three-storey khlong-side warehouse is the structural equivalent of a blank canvas. Lending itself to a number of artistic endeavours, from seminars, workshops and pop-ups, to fashion events, a photography studio and exhibition areas, the Soy Sauce Factory is as multifaceted as Bangkok itself.

The brainchild of Frenchman-about-town Thomas Menard, the diverse space retains much of its industrial identity, with soaring ceilings, a barebones bar, canal deck and northern Thai street food-style resto serving a spot-on khao soi gai on the first floor, as well as a slightly swankier white cyclorama studio-cum-expo hall with wine bar upstairs.

If your chakras are calling out for realignment, head down for the yoga on Thursday evenings, or if it’s art you’re after, swing by on weekends. Join the buzzing openings for some of the city’s most controversial exhibitions too, including Patrick Brown’s recent Trading to Extinction showcase and Roland Neveu’s powerful The Fall of Phnom Penh. Oh boy, oh soy!
11/1 Charoen Krung Soi 24 / +66 8 1301 2669 / 10am-11pm Mon-Sat /